The Next Generation Jazz Combo performances at MJF65 on the Yamaha Courtyard Stage will comprise of select members of the 2022 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Artists will be announced from the stage.
Monterey Jazz Festival brings together 20 of the most accomplished high school jazz musicians from across the country to form the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra (NGJO), directed by GRAMMY-nominated pianist and composer Gerald Clayton. Established in 1971, the NGJO traditionally gathers for one weekend in the summer to begin rehearsals in preparation for a domestic or international tour.
Having received worldwide acclaim, tour performances for the Orchestra have included festivals and venues in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and Europe. Tenure in the NGJO culminates in a main stage performance in September at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the annual Artist-in-Residence. Former members include pianists Benny Green, Patrice Rushen and Kris Bowers, bassist Larry Grenadier, drummers Carlos Vega, Chad Wackerman, Marcus Gilmore and Justin Brown; saxophonists Joshua Redman, Donny McCaslin, Mark Turner, Eric Marienthal, Ted Nash, Eddie Barbash, and Dave Koz; trombonists Luis Bonilla and Andy Martin, flutist Elena Ayodele Pinderhughes, trumpeters Gilbert Castellanos, Ambrose Akinmusire, John Daversa, and Adam O'Farrill; composer Jeff Beal, and big band leader Gordon Goodwin, to name a few.